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|Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky|
Orthodox dogmatic theology
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6. God and the salvation of mankind
The economy of our salvation.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all
spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He hath chosen us in Him before
the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. Having
predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the
good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted
in His beloved Son: In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness ofsins, according to the riches of His grace, wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom
and prudence, having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure,
which He hath purposed in Himself That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He
might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on
earth” (Eph. 1:3-10).
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we
were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ” (Eph. 2:4-5).
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation
for our sins... We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:10-19).
God, in foreknowledge of the fall of man, foreordained the salvation of men, even “before
the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4). The word of God calls the Saviour the Lamb of God
“foreordained before the foundation of the world” (1 Peter 1:20).